Bloodsport vs. Balance of Power – 9 Reasons Why Bloodsport Works Better

8. Bloodsport has Slightly Better Dialogue


Neither film has particularly good dialogue as both contain cliches. Let’s start with a look at dialogue in Balance of Power:

“If you say so.”

“And if I refuse?”

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”

“How you like I bust a cap in your ass?”

“You dissin’ me, man?”

“I would have asked for my money back.”

“Rub it in, why don’t you.”

These are all cliches. Hearing something we hear all the time in movie dialogue is boring. We want to be engaged. Unfortunately the creative dialogue Balance of Power does employ is awkward and laughable. “It must be reprocessed with more shine!”

Also, when you tell a joke that doesn’t work, like when Matsumoto jokes about getting his money back, we end up laughing at the movie rather than with it.

Now let’s look at a scene from Bloodsport to get a flavour of its dialogue:

It is riddled with cliches as well:

“Do you want me to spell it out for you?”

“Let’s all just calm down, OK?”

“Just relax!”

“I hope you know what you’re doing.”

So what makes the difference? As with previous section, charm and good humour elevates the scene. “You lose, American asshole,” is such a good line that we’re willing to forgive.

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